In Memoriam: Dr. Frederick H. Hartwig, founder of KC Healthy Kids



With profound sadness, KC Healthy Kids announces the passing of our founder and chair, Frederick H. Hartwig, M.D.  Dr. Hartwig died September 15 in Prairie Village, KS. Hartwig Portrait 300px

Dr. Hartwig was born May 6, 1924 in Concordia, Missouri. He served in World War II. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and Surgery in 1948, specializing in general surgery and thoracic surgery. He practiced for much of his career at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, MO.

One of Dr. Hartwig’s lasting contributions to our community was his involvement in founding KC Healthy Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of Greater Kansas City’s children. As a physician, he was concerned about the rise of childhood obesity and its impact as a growing public health crisis. At the time of KC Healthy Kids’ founding, the number of children affected by obesity had increased 12% since 1980. Alarmed by this rate, Dr. Hartwig assembled a team of his most trusted colleagues to tackle the issue of childhood obesity in the Kansas City region.

“What a significant loss for our community. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Hartwig for his belief in KC Healthy Kids, his support and deep caring for others. I am so honored to have known him,” said Brenda Kumm, vice chair of the board of directors.

“KC Healthy Kids would not be here without his vision, leadership and generosity,” said Gretchen Kunkel, president of KC Healthy Kids. “We are deeply grateful to him and his wife, Louise Rice Hartwig, for their devotion to improving the lives of Greater Kansas City’s children. He will be sorely missed.”

Dr. Hartwig is survived by his wife Louise Rice Hartwig, and their children and grandchildren.

You can read more about Dr. Hartwig and the founding of KC Healthy Kids.

To support Dr. Hartwig’s legacy, make a donation using the following link:


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